At each Grand Prix meeting all race drivers may
participate in two one and a half-hour practice sessions on Friday
(Thursday at Monaco), a one-hour session on Saturday morning and a
qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. While individual practice
sessions are not compulsory, a driver must take part in at least one
Saturday session to be eligible for the race.
one-hour qualifying session is split into three distinct parts, each
with multiple drivers on track simultaneously, and each with the drivers
running as many laps as they want:
Q1: All 26 cars may
run laps at any time during the first 20 minutes of the hour. At the end
of the first 20 minutes, the eight slowest cars drop out and fill the
final eight grid places. However, any driver whose best Q1 lap time
exceeds 107 percent of the fastest time set during that session will not
be allowed to take part in the race.
circumstances, which could include setting a suitable lap time in a
practice session, the stewards may allow the driver to start the race.
Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner, the grid
order will be determined by the stewards.)
Q2: After a
seven-minute break, the times will be reset and the 18 remaining cars
then will then run in a 15-minute session - again they may complete as
many laps as they want at any time during that period. At the end of the
15 minutes, the eight slowest cars drop out and fill places 11 to 18 on
Q3: After a further eight-minute break, the
times are reset and a final 10-minute session will feature a shootout
between the remaining 10 cars to decide pole position and the starting
order for the top 10 grid places. Again, these cars may run as many laps
as they wish.
If a driver is deemed by the stewards to have
stopped unnecessarily on the circuit or impeded another driver during
qualifying, his times may be cancelled.